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The global regulatory environment surrounding international trade has never been more difficult — and risky — to manage. From international trade law to customs regulations, trade compliance has risen to the top of the priority list among global importers and exporters. In the age of free trade agreements that link different customs and cultures, the challenges will only mount in the years ahead.

Customs and Border Protection’s advanced computer system for processing documentation is taking longer to develop and will cost more than anticipated, but completing development of the Automated

President Obama began pushing out funds this week in several ways that can help the transportation sector, by sending stimulus money down the pipeline to states and starting to tackle consumer finance

The US regulatory agency begins the year with two vacancies — vacancies that will likely have a policy impact.

Achieving seamless multimodality and synchro-modality in the transport system will be crucial in meeting Europe’s climate commitments.

Nicolette van der Jagt
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Federal support for landside and waterside infrastructure improvements, together with security and environmental protection, are key priorities for America’s ports. 

Kurt Nagle
American Association of Port Authorities
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It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.


Implementing electronic logging in 2018 won’t be easy, and may spark a review of truck driver work rules. Here's why.

The prohibition of engines dated 1994 or 1995, replaced a proposal that — until it was pulled two years ago — would have banned more than 4,000 trucks with engines dated 2007 or older.
The rails' inability to increase their market share over road could threaten public funding of the sector.
It is clear that a world-class infrastructure improves a nation's efficiency and attracts business. And post-Brexit United Kingdom must implement several infrastructure improvements to achieve both.

A customer poses the question: can one forbid a shipper from using a certain carrier for goods? 

Customs officials listed a series of arbitrary rate actions by carriers and terminals on direct port delivery cargo handling and called for stricter regulations to create transparency across the supply chain.
Shippers allege that due to the new axle load policy they need to use two truck/prime movers to carry goods typically found in one TEU or FEU container, resulting in higher carrying costs.
Reducing CO2 emissions is gaining in importance for European shippers and their service providers, as Brussels grows impatient and pressure from consumers builds.
Wilmington is the first to be able to accept goods that are still midway through the refrigeration process.
The upcoming electronic logging device mandate could affect more than truck capacity available to shippers.
The electronic lock system's goal is to reduce en route theft, smuggling, and dumping of unwanted goods, but shippers say its cost is high, it will increase port congestion, and is not necessary.
The Cosco-OOIL deal took another giant step towards becoming the world's largest carrier in total liftings when it received approval for the takeover from the European Commission.
Shippers need to prepare for the impact.